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Kalenic Monastery

"Monastère de Kalenić" by Origanum (Aleksandar Todorovic) - Transferred from en.wikipedia. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Kalenic Monastery
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One of the most beautiful examples of Morava architecture

near the village Rekovac, 12 kilometres from Oparic

Kalenić monastery is located on the slopes of the Gledić mountains, western of the village of Oparić in the Levač region. It was built and painted at the beginning of the 15th century, as the endowment of a noble Bogdan (surname is unknown).
It is considered one of the most beautiful examples of Morava architectural style. The church has very picturesque facade due to the beautifully laid blocks of white stone and red brick. Above the windows and portals there are a shallow relief decoration depicting birds, griffins and lions. The main motifs of the relief decoration are a two-stranded braid, a stylised lily and palmette and anthropomorphic and zoomorphic depictions.
The exceptional fresco painting, with its refined colouring and contemplative figures of saints, is considered one of the finest artistic works in the first quarter of the 15th century. Especially striking is the composition Wedding at Cana, and the depictions of holy warriors and saints set into medallions.
The monastery was abandoned in the late 17th century and rebuilt in the 18th century by monks from the Moraca monastery.

Opening hours

09:00 – 17:00

How to get there

Highway Belgrade – Nis, exit Jagodina and continue to Rekovac